DECEMBER 21 — SA’ADIA MARCIANO
Moroccan-born founder of the Israeli Black Panthers.
DECEMBER 21, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS WINTER SOLSTICE, 17:51 UT. Wiccan YULE. Chinese FEAST OF WINTER
SOLSTICE. Most celebrated family festival of year. In old China prisoners
were allowed to go home for the day. At the feast, places are set for
deceased family members. Fruit trees are given offerings of rice.
England: ST. THOMAS’ DAY.A tradition of “Thomasing,” begging gifts,
ALSO ON DECEMBER 21 IN HISTORY…
1620 — Forefathers’ day celebrates landing of Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
1858 — Anthropologist Franz Boaz born, Minden, Germany.
1911 — First use of get-away car in bank robbery, French Bonnot gang.
1916 — Pecan shellers strike leader Emma Tenayuca born, San Antonio, Texas.
1937 — Animated feature Snow White & Seven Dwarfs released, Disney Studios.
1940 — Mother of Invention Frank Zappa born, Baltimore, Maryland.
1941 — Black surrealist artist, musician Peetie Wheatstraw dies, East St. Louis, IL.
2007 — Israeli Black Panthers founder Sa’adia Marciano dies, Jerusalem, Israel.
NOVEMBER 23 — GRACCHUS BABEUF
French Revolutionist, founder of the Conspiracy of Equals.
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Japan: NIINAME-SAI, harvest festival. ST. CLEMENT’S DAY: Processions of blacksmiths and (mad) hatters.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 23 IN HISTORY…
1170 BC — First recorded strike takes place, in Egypt, by laborers working on a pyramid.
1760 — French revolutionary François-Noel Babeuf born, St. Quentin, France.
1883 — Radical Mexican muralist José Orozco born, Zapotlán, Jalisco, Mexico.
1888 — Film comedian Harpo Marx born.
1927 — American belle-lettrist Guy Davenport born, Anderson, South Carolina
NOVEMBER 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
DUNCE DAY. Tunisia: TREE FESTIVAL.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 8 IN HISTORY…
1674 — “Paradise Lost” poet John Milton dies.
1801 — Robert Dale Owen born, Glasgow, Scotland.
1895 — X-Rays discovered.
1897 — Catholic Worker Dorothy Day born, Brooklyn, New York.
1929 — Museum of Modern Art opens in New York City.
1931 — “Fluxus” founder George Maciunas born, Kaunas, Lithuania.
1898 — Surrealist painter René Magritte born, Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium.
1974 — U.S. Freedom of Information Act passed.
NOVEMBER 5, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
CELESTIAL SAXOPHONE DAY. RETURN OF THE FEAST OF NO RETURN.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 5 IN HISTORY…
1605 — Gunpowder Plot to blow up English Parliament detected.
1779 — Hollow Earth theorist John Cleves Symmes born, New Jersey.
1855 — American socialist politician Eugene Debs born, Terre Haute, Indiana.
1857 — Anti-capitalist muckraker Ida Tarbell born, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
1926 — Negro History Week initiated by Carter G. Woodson.
1960 — Film comedy producer Mack Sennett dies.